In Theaters: January 21, 2005 (US)
Rating: PG-13 / 105 Minutes
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director: Shona Auerbach
Lizzie is the Scottish mother of Frankie , a deaf and highly intelligent 9-year-old. Constantly uprooting themselves and relocating from town to town, Lizzie and Frankie are on the run from the latter’s abusive father, a fact unknown to the boy, who believes his dad is a busy seaman sending letters full of adventure and love. In fact, Lizzie is writing those missives, but she is faced with a challenge when Frankie discovers his father’s ship will dock nearby. Lizzie hires a kind, handsome stranger to play Frankie’s dad, creating an odd situation in which ever-growing lies become a conduit for love, and Lizzie’s repressed desires come to the fore with a man posing as her husband. The moral tangles are of interest in director Shona Auerbach’s charmingly paced, quietly insightful drama-comedy, but so is the glorious feeling of watching these characters come fully alive.